Custom crosswalks

Los Angeles's neighborhood councils and business districts are a vocal bunch when it comes to community enhancement. One way the city's Public Works Department is meeting constituent needs is through decorative crosswalks. “People take pride in the neighborhoods they live and work in, and these crosswalks help instill that pride,” says Dennis Weber, general superintendent II with the Bureau of Street Services. The bureau makes its own asphalt and is a licensed applicator of DuraTherm and StreetPrint, made by Integrated Paving Concepts Inc. of Blaine, Wash. Completed projects include the custom patterns of stamped/textured and colored asphalt replicating traditional Filipino woven-basket patterns in historic Filipinotown's crosswalks. China-town is next, as well as a possible project in a horse-loving community that will feature a horse crossing with hoofprints stamped into the pavement.